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Russian Orchestra Gives Stunning Performance In Palmyra Ruins

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.06.2016 | World

SOCHI, Russia, May 5 (Reuters) - Russia's Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheater of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, i...

Putin: Russia Could Scale Up Syria Presence 'Within Hours'

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.17.2016 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin said Russia's military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kre...

Putin's Withdrawal From Syria Shows His Real Objective Wasn't Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.15.2016 | World

Russian warplanes on Tuesday left the Hmeymin base in Syria for their home country -- the start of a partial withdrawal of Russian forces announced Mo...

First Russian Planes Leave Syria

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.15.2016 | World

MOSCOW/GENEVA (Reuters) - Russian warplanes began leaving Syria on Tuesday as Moscow started to draw down forces that have tipped the war President Ba...

As World Focuses On Syria Truce, At Least 200,000 Syrians Remain Detained

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.04.2016 | World

With opposition groups threatening to boycott the rescheduled Geneva talks, and human rights groups hoping the cessation of hostilities will put press...

Syria Ceasefire Holding Better Than Expected, Obama Officials Say

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five days after a U.S.-Russian brokered cessation of hostilities went into effect, White House officials on Wednesday reported a definit...

U.S-Russian Plan Calls For Syria Ceasefire Starting Saturday

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.22.2016 | World

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and Russia announced plans for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that would take effect on Saturda...

Europe Can Still Save Syria

Saad Khan | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Saad Khan

Syria is a European problem. It was one before the influx of millions of refugees. The carnage meted out by Bashar-al-Assad and his Iranian proxies was a blot on the European conscience.

Russia Proposes March Truce In Syria, But No Agreement Has Been Reached

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.11.2016 | World

World powers pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western...

What is the World Doing to Stop Syria's Civil War?

Saad Khan | Posted 02.10.2016 | World
Saad Khan

So many parallels can be drawn between Nazi Germany and the modern-day genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The former annihilated Jews, Romani people, homosexuals and those with any kind of disabilities. Assad and his Iranian backers have killed over 250,000 Syrians during the course of last five years.

Russia Refuses To Cease Syria Airstrikes Despite UN-Led Peace Talks

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.03.2016 | World

GENEVA/MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United Nations strained to keep faltering Syrian peace talks alive on Wednesday as Damascus tried to press home gains ag...

Russia Is Exploiting Syria's Kurds And America's Frustrations to Complicate The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Syria peace talks begin in Geneva, America's key partners on the ground feel neglected, excluded and increasingly receptive to a man ...

How Falling Oil Prices Are Upending Russian Politics

Nikolai Petrov | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Nikolai Petrov

MOSCOW -- The Russian political system is archaic. It was created during a historical period when rulers were awash in petrodollars and there was simply no apparent need for democratic institutions, checks and balances, independent judiciary, strong parliament, federalism, local government and so forth. Without easy money, the ruling regime will not survive without modernization.

Putinism Is an Aberration

Saad Khan | Posted 12.30.2015 | World
Saad Khan

Putinism --the set of ideals pursued by Putin -- does not hold much promise. He is on a collision course with a large chunk of Europe and the Middle East. The annexation of Crimea and the Ukrainian crisis reflects the distorted worldview of the neo-czar.

Report: Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed In Air Strike

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 25 (Reuters) - A top Syrian rebel leader and head of the most powerful insurgent group in the eastern suburbs of Damascus was killed in an...

Russian Warplanes Allegedly Kill Scores In Syrian City

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.21.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed scores of people in the center of the rebel-held ...

Will the Saudi Anti-Terror Coalition Work?

Saad Khan | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Saad Khan

Saudi Arabia has -- or claims to have-- assembled an anti-terror coalition. Comprising of thirty-four Muslim states, the coalition will feature both Arab and non-Arab states and will most likely join forces to fight Daesh.

Russia Fires Warning Shots At Turkish Ship In Aegean Sea

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.13.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia on Sunday warned Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its forces in or near Syria after one of...

Did Erdogan Commit Political Suicide?

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Erdogan has been actively pursuing the ouster of Assad since 2012, but Russia's recent intervention in Syria, in alliance with Iran and its highly ideologically and politically motivated proxies, has resulted in a serious setback for Erdogan's plans.

Russian Air Strikes Kill At Least 30 In Stepped Up Raids In Syria

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.29.2015 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in north...

After Turkey-Russia Clash, NATO Shouldn't Derail an Ad Hoc Anti-Terror Coalition

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.

DEFIANT: Russia Vows To Continue Airstrikes Near Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Russia will continue air strikes against Islamic State targets located in Syria near the Turkish border, Kremlin spokesman ...

Obama, Hollande Urge Russia To Focus Syria Attacks On Islamic State

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande pressed Russia on Tuesday to focus its attacks in Sy...

Turkey Downs Putin's Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Saad Khan

The incident reflects the growing brazenness of the Russians after their much-touted quasi-invasion of Syria. It also indicates the limits of Russian power, contrary to what President Putin loves to boast about.

Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.